You’ve chosen the best filet mignon available and decided how to cook your steaks. The only thing left is to choose what to serve with your delectable filet mignon. Although you cannot go wrong with the classic pairing of steak and potatoes, you aren’t limited to spuds. Excellent steak side dishes include rice, roasted vegetables, and cool, crispy salads.
The perfectly cooked filet mignon is the star of the plate, but it’s the sides that turn it into a meal. Here are 9 of the best side dishes for this premium cut of beef, along with recipes and links to help you build the best filet mignon dinner ever.
Salad Starters or Sides
Raw vegetables are nutritional powerhouses and the perfect light side dish to enjoy with a rich steak. The classic Caesar salad is served at just about every steakhouse, and it’s easy enough to make at home. Our recipe features a from-scratch Caesar salad dressing that’s well worth the extra few minutes it takes to whisk together. However, if you’re in a time crunch, a quality bottled Caesar dressing will suffice.
Another steakhouse classic is a wedge salad, and the Pioneer Woman’s recipe captures everything to love about it. The homemade ranch sets this wedge salad apart, but feel free to customize each serving as you wish. Bottled blue cheese or Russian salad dressing works equally well on cold iceberg wedges.
Potato Side Dishes
Steak and potatoes always go together; the spuds are usually baked, mashed, or French-fried. There’s nothing wrong with serving these traditional filet mignon sides, but there are countless ways to get creative with potatoes.
Parmesan Crusted Potatoes are easy to make with basic ingredients, including potatoes, grated Parmesan, butter, salt, and pepper. But their elegant appearance and delicious crunch will make it seem like you made something far more complicated.
Scalloped or au gratin potatoes are rich, saucy sides that are more elegant than basic mashed potatoes. Both are made of sliced potatoes baked in a cream-based sauce. Traditionally, au gratin potatoes are topped with cheese, while scalloped potatoes are made without cheese.
Rice and Pasta Side Dishes
Rice is one of those versatile sides that allows you to introduce specific flavor profiles into your steak dinner. Season it with soy sauce and sesame seeds for an Asian side, or make a creamy risotto for an Italian take on this staple grain. The Kitchn provides a fantastic mushroom rice pilaf recipe that’s beautiful and tasty beside a filet mignon.
Macaroni and cheese is a popular side dish at steakhouses, and like rice, there are dozens of different ways to prepare it. Our Creamy Macaroni and Cheese recipe uses simple, traditional ingredients but cooks in a slow cooker so you can fix it and forget it.
Vegetable Side Dishes
Brussels sprouts are adorable tiny cabbages that make a delicious, low-carb side to serve with filet mignon. Oven roasting is one of the easiest ways to cook Brussels sprouts. But no matter how you cook them, the most important thing is not overcooking this vegetable. Overcooked Brussels sprouts are mushy, bitter, and completely unpalatable.
Oven roasting will work with any number of sprouts. Buy fresh Brussels sprouts, wash them, trim the stem, and peel off any discolored outer leaves. Pat dry, cut them in half, and place in a mixing bowl. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Drizzle with olive oil, walnut oil, or another favorite cooking oil. Season generously with salt and pepper and gently toss the sprouts until they are coated with oil and seasonings.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the sprouts in one even layer. Roast for 30 minutes or until they have a crispy browned appearance and are easily pierced with a fork.
If your filet mignon is the focal point of a casual grilled dinner, throw some fresh ears of corn onto the grill for a delicious side dish. Trim the silk from the ends and peel off the first layer or two of husk. Keep a few layers of husk on the cob to trap the steam that cooks each kernel. Grill for 15 minutes or until done. Allow corn to rest in the husks for 10 minutes or until they’re cool enough to peel, then top with butter, salt, and pepper.
For a more elegant accompaniment for your filet mignon, try chef Natalie Williamson’s recipe for Creamed Corn with Basil. This flavorful side dish infuses fresh-cut corn with garlic, poblano pepper, onion, bacon, and fresh basil.
Squash is a versatile side dish because it has so many different varieties. Most winter squash is sweet, with a flavor and texture resembling sweet potato. Acorn, butternut, and pumpkin are just a few of the winter squashes that make sweet side dishes when roasted or pan-fried.
Spaghetti squash is one winter variety that lacks a sweet flavor. As its name indicates, it separates into spaghetti-like strands when cooked. It is an excellent low-carb substitute for pasta, and this recipe for Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes adds classic Italian flavors that pair well with grilled filet mignon.
Summer squashes, like zucchini and yellow squash, have thin, edible skin and a neutral flavor. They are a great addition to roasted vegetable medleys or sauteed on their own with onions and a little garlic. Any preparation would pair well with filet mignon.
Any of these stellar side dishes will provide a memorable filet mignon meal. Add a basket of sourdough rolls or a crunchy baguette to sop up the delicious steak juices on your plate. And keep dessert simple, perhaps a fresh fruit pie or a scoop of sorbet. That is, if you have room for dessert at all!
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